Discovering the Universe: From the Stars to the Planets

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Macmillan, Dec 26, 2008 - Science - 624 pages
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Discovering the Universe: From the Stars to the Planets engages students with an inquiry-based exploration of the universe and the scientific process. Developed with a “big picture” approach, the text first explains how the stars, the galaxies, and the entire universe formed, and then discusses planets and other components of our solar system.  Students follow this natural conceptual progression within a proven learning method designed to address misconceptions and build a deep understanding of science and the world around us.

 

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Contents

Discovering the Might Sky
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EARTHLY CYCLES
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Gravitation and the Motion
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Gravitation and the Motion
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KEPLERS AND NEWTONS LAWS
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An Astronomers Toolbox 22 Energy
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TYPES OF GALAXIES
290
SUPERCLUSTERS IN MOTION
307
Guided Discovery The Expanding Universe
313
Quasars and Other Active
319
QUASARS
320
SUPERMASSIVE ENGINES
327
Cosmology
335
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPACETIME
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Light and Telescopes
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OPTICS AND TELESCOPES
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Guided Discovery Buying a Telescope
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use reflectors to collect their
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Atomic Physics and Spectra
103
IDENTIFYING THE ELEMENTS
109
An Astronomers Toolbox 42 Radioactivity
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An Astronomers Toolbox
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Our Extraordinary
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THE SUNS ATMOSPHERE
129
the Suns rotation
135
THE SUNS INTERIOR
143
Summary of Key Ideas
150
Characterizing Stars
154
An Astronomers Toolbox 61 Distances
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STELLAR MASSES
169
Summary of Key Ideas
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The Lives of Stars from
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PROTOSTARS
182
GUIDED DISCOVERY Extrasolar Planets
190
EVOLUTION OF STARS WITH MASSES
198
Summary of Key Ideas
211
The Deaths of Stars
217
NEUTRON STARS AND PULSARS
231
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WHAT IF A Supernova Exploded
245
Matters
247
An Astronomers Toolbox 141 The Sizes
248
EVIDENCE FOR BLACK HOLES
256
Summary of Key Ideas
264
The Milky Way Galaxy
270
MYSTERIES AT THE GALACTIC FRINGES
284
Galaxies
289
THE FATE OF THE UNIVERSE
351
Summary of Key Ideas
358
Understanding
361
Formation of the Solar System
364
COMPARATIVE PLANETOLOGY
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Formation of the Solar System
375
Earth and Moon
385
THE MOON AND TIDES
396
GUIDED DISCOVERY Tides
408
WHAT IF The Moon Didnt Exist?
415
The Other Terrestrial Planets
417
VENUS
423
MARS
429
with dust
435
provide new insights
443
The Outer Planets
451
The Outer Planets
452
JUPITERS MOONS AND RINGS
458
SATURN
466
URANUS
474
Summary of Key Ideas
483
Vagabonds of
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COMETS
500
METEOROIDS METEORS
509
Astrobiology
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Summary of Key Ideas
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Neil F. Comins is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine and author of popular scientific books, articles, and textbooks. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from University College, Cardiff, Wales. He is the author of "What If the Earth Had Two Moons?

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